Monthly Archives: January 2014

Things a traveler needs to know

Even if you are a seasoned international traveler, there are certainly times when you are at loss when away from home. This interesting infographic/quiz from the British travel agency Travelbag covers “50 things a traveler should know”. What kind of … Continue reading

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One Minute in Mexico

It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Mexico, but it’s a rare week when I don’t have Mexican food. I challenge you to watch this terrific video and not crave Mexican food for dinner. The video is from … Continue reading

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The Allure of Old Books ( & maps )

The Peculiar Underworld of Rare-Book Thieves The Allure of the Map What is the oldest book in the world? The Library of Congress by the numbers. What happens when Oxford’s Bodleian Library and the Biblioteca Vaticana collude?

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Craving Cartographic Clarity

designing metropolitan subway system maps to make them easily understood for both locals and visitors is a challenge for any graphic designer or cartographer. It’s equally challenging to create city transit maps that reflect a municipal identity. Zero Per Zero, … Continue reading

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Sarajevo: Rescue and Revival

On January 15th in Sarajevo, a new library opened to the public :  the reborn Gazi Husrev Bey Library which is home to a priceless collection of rare books and manuscripts dating from 1106. The original library was established in 1537 … Continue reading

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Books I Love

Books I Love is a new social networking app for book lovers that allows readers to share their reading suggestions and critiques digitally with social contacts . The free iOS app lets users both send and receive book recommendations individually … Continue reading

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Where is the Lyubov Orlova ?

If you’ve been anywhere near a computer or television this week, you’ve probably seen a rash of hyperbolic stories about a ghost cruise ship full of “cannibal rats” supposedly heading for the British coast. Well, the part about the loose, … Continue reading

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Portugal by Design

It’s been way too long since I’ve visited Portugal and these marvelous travel posters have me checking-out airfares. The colorful work is all created by Porto-based artist Rui Ricardo. Along with these marvelous pieces, and other fantastic travel posters for … Continue reading

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Wellcome Images

On Monday, London’s famed Wellcome Library released a dizzying collection of digitized images from its vast archive. The free, downloadable high resolution images are available to copy, distribute, manipulate or edit. The rich and unique collection is wide-ranging, from social … Continue reading

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Around the World by Social Media

Award-winning French advertising art director Thomas Jullien has put together this amazing stop-motion trip around the world using 852 Instagram photos posted by 852 different users. Crowd sourcing comes to video. You can follow Jullien’s many projects on his website … Continue reading

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